As Australia's oldest and largest city, Sydney has become a fast-paced, vibrant centre. .
Life in the city largely
revolves around one of the world's most famous bodies of water Sydney
Harbour. Enhanced by the Opera House and the Harbour
Bridge, the Harbour has many bays, coves and beaches which are havens for locals
and tourists alike. Sydneysiders are drawn to Circular Quay and Darling Harbour,
with their bustling cafes and promenades, shopping and easy access to the city centre.
Nestled on the eastern seaboard of
Australia, Sydney is dotted with 40 beautiful surf beaches; Bondi,
Coogee, Manly and Tamarama being among the most popular. The average maximum temperature
ranges from 17 degrees Celsius in winter (June-August) to 27 degrees Celsius in the summer
months (December-February). Given these warm, often humid conditions, it's hardly
surprising that around 200,000 residents own registered boats sharing space with
swimmers, fishermen and Sydney's ubiquitous surfers.
As well as being home to some of Australia's best sporting facilities
(including the Sydney Cricket Ground, Football Stadium and new Olympic Stadium), Sydney
also houses many major cultural institutions, mainly around the city
centre. The Australian Museum, Art Gallery of New South Wales, State Conservatorium of
Music, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and the National
Maritime Museum all provide respite from the great outdoors.These institutions complement the burgeoning film and theatre scene, which
caters to fringe as well as mainstream audiences. Annual cinematic feasts such as the
Sydney International Film Festival and Tropfest have added to Sydney's status as a global